Friday, August 24, 2012 - Oxbow Celebrates History For The Month Of September

Explore Florida’s rich history with the Oxbow Eco-Center during the month of September. Center hours are Tuesday through Friday from noon- 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The trails are open daily from dawn until dusk.

Programs planned for the month of September include:

  • The Oxbow’s Brown Bag Lecture presents “The Life of Pineapples” on Saturday, Sept. 1 at noon. Long before it became known for its world-class citrus, the Indian River Lagoon along the Treasure Coast was well known for another fruit: The pineapple. Learn about the life of pineapples in Fort Pierce as Lucille Rights, historian and author of “A Portrait of St. Lucie County,” spins her tales. This is a free lunchtime lecture. No reservations are required. 
  • Relax the mind and body with Tai Chi for Health classes on Fridays (Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28) at 10:30 a.m. and Saturdays (Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29) at 3:30 p.m. at the Oxbow. Tai Chi instructors Hilde and Hector Ruiz-Puyana will lead classes in Tai Chi for Health, designed for everyone, including those who suffer from arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and balance issues. Appropriate for ages 16 and up; $10 per class or $35 for 4 classes. Reservations are required:
  • 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org.  
  • The Oxbow Eco-Center will offer a free open house for homeschool groups on Thursday, Sept. 6 from 10 – 11 a.m. Homeschool students grades K to 12 are invited to an open house to explore the Oxbow and learn about our upcoming education opportunities, butterfly club and meet representatives from the local 4-H clubs. Students will enjoy some fun activities and light refreshments. No reservations are required.
  • The Oxbow's Nature for Families presents "Early Florida Explorers” on Saturday, Sept. 8 starting at 10:30 a.m. Have you ever wondered what life was like for early people who explored new lands? Join us as we become some of the explorers who landed on Florida’s strange and mysterious shores. Learn how the different Native American tribes and Colonists adapted to the Florida wilderness. Come out and try some of our fun hands-on activities like clay pinch-pots, churning butter, creating a map and cooking-up Johnnie cakes. Appropriate for ages 5 and older. The cost is $4 per participant. Space is limited, so reservations are required: 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org.
  • Join the Butterfly Club and nurture the Oxbow’s butterfly garden on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m. The St. Lucie West Garden Club members mentor students in the garden at monthly club meetings. This free event is appropriate for ages 5 and older.
  • The Oxbow's Swamp Tales returns on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 3:45 - 4:15 p.m. This free storytime is appropriate for ages 3 - 6. Join Missy Kitty for a “novel” adventure as she reads an environmentally-themed story. Each month the story changes, but the fun and adventure never does.
  • Oxbow and the Natives presents “Stranger from the Past” on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 3:45 p.m. St. Lucie County was filled with great historical characters from Native Americans, early traders and pioneer settlers. During this program we will be stepping back in time with one of these unique characters who will tell us about their day to day lives. This is a free program for ages 5 and older. No reservations are required.
  • Play “Pioneer Games” at the Oxbow’s Treehouse Time taking place Friday, Sept. 21, starting at 9:30 a.m. Youngsters and parents will get to try their hand at some old-fashioned games such as jacks, hoops and sack races, as well as divining for water. This is a free program appropriate for ages 3- 5 with an adult. No reservations are required.
  • Turn your family’s history into art at “Preserving Your Family’s History Through Collage” Art Classes on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. – noon for adults (ages 16 and older) and from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. for youth (ages 8-15). Bring your family’s history back to life when Treasure Coast Art Association teams up with the Oxbow to present this memorable art class. Each participant should bring a family photo or two to commemorate and celebrate the life of loved ones. The cost is $20 per participant, including all supplies. Reservations are required: 772-785-5833 or oxbow@stlucieco.org.

Situated on a 225-acre preserve on the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, the Oxbow offers a rare glimpse of "the real Florida" with nature trails, boardwalks, observation towers and an interactive environmental learning center.

The Oxbow Eco-Center is located at 5400 NE St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie (across from the Publix Shopping Center). For more information call the staff at 772-785-5833 or visit www.oxboweco.com.